Mike Shaler: Steamboat Springs represents what Shaler loves
Long before my wife Sheila and I moved to Steamboat Springs in 1992, we were drawn to this valley like a magnet. Skiing is our ‘family sport’ — with a son and three daughters, the whole family could engage. When we were stationed with the Army in Germany, we skied all across Europe. Since the 1970s, we skied Steamboat whenever we could and loved it.
As a family, we were never treated more kindly than we were by the people here. Steamboat represents the things we love most about America — independent thinking, cooperative spirit and harmony between progress and the deep-rooted heritage of the Yampa Valley.
After 30 years in the Army and many moves, Steamboat Springs is where we put down our roots. It holds a special place in our hearts and no matter where we travel, Steamboat Springs is home . It renews our spirit and it inspires us.
I am running for city council because I have lived my life with the philosophy you don’t sit on the sidelines and complain — you engage in problem solving. I think Steamboat is at a crossroads — we need a visionary leadership team, which will lead this community to a sustainable, balanced future — a future where we blend sensible, measured growth with our valuable heritage.
I want to serve on the city council to be a part of that leadership team and to assist the community in charting the vision for our collective future — working toward a vision the people of Steamboat have adopted and internalized. Since my family and I have benefitted from all those community leaders who helped create a thriving Steamboat, I think it is my turn to step up and say “If elected, I will serve.”
My experience in leadership:
Upon arrival in Steamboat in October 1992, I established the Steamboat Leadership Institute, a leadership consulting organization, to translate my experiences in leading organizations, my academic education and background understanding of leadership into advice and assistance for leaders seeking to improve their skills and abilities.
I designed and implemented leader development programs for business leaders, nonprofit leaders and government leaders. As a coach and mentor, I worked with senior executives and helped them develop their strategic leadership skills.
I adapted the philosophy of a great mentor, and followed it over years of leading and managing organizations — large and small — in the business world, and before that, in the military.
When I was teaching leadership to the cadets at West Point, when I was conducting leadership research, and when I was coaching leaders and helping them develop their leadership skills, I always kept this philosophy of leadership and management in mind. Values such as integrity, loyalty, respect for others, perseverance and optimism provide the foundation for this philosophy.
Shaler’s philosophy of leadership and management:
■ Be professional.
■ Integrity is non-negotiable.
■ Loyalty is a two-way street.
■ Chains of authority and clear communication work if we use them.
■ Innovate — seek a better way.
■ Admit mistakes.
■ Disagreement is not disrespect.
■ Challenge assertions.
■ Be sensitive to (and intolerant of) abuse and misuse of your people.
■ Education, conservation and equal opportunity are everyone’s business.
■ Maintain your sense of humor at all times.
■ Keep things in perspective.
If I am elected to be a member of the Steamboat Springs City Council, I intend to bring this philosophy — and the values that shape it — with me to the position. For more information, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
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